Jan. 17, 2013
BEAUMONT – Head track coach Trey Clark is tired of seeing his team compete against each other, and on Friday, he’ll get his first opportunity to break from that as the Cardinals will open indoor season at nearby McNeese State.
“The number one thing that I’m looking forward to is seeing us compete against other schools,” Clark said. “We’re tired of looking at each other in practice, so this gives them a chance to put the uniform on and represent the university and get after it. It’s always exciting to go out and compete. This is the meet that our athletes are probably most excited about because it’s what they’ve been working towards for months. There are probably going to be quite a few that won’t be able to sleep tonight.”
With the Southland Conference Championships just over a month away, Clark is also ready to see how his team will measure up in the early parts of the season.
“We’re taking almost everybody for this first meet, and that will really give us a chance to evaluate everyone. This will let us know where we’re at as individuals and where we’re at as a program, and that will let us know what we need to work on going forward as we work towards a conference championship.”
Friday will be the first of two trips to McNeese for indoor track this season as the Cards will be making a return trip in two weeks for the Jeff Davis Invitational. It will also be the first trip to McNeese for an indoor event since 2008, which was highlighted by LU taking home victories in both the men’s and the women’s 400-meter dash.
Also competing in this year’s invitational will be Southland foes McNeese State, Nicholls, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Dillard, Louisiana, Southern, ULM and future SLC member New Orleans will round out the field.